Keeneland will switch to dirt surface by the fall
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Keeneland has announced that it will switch its main track surface from synthetic Polytrack material to dirt in time for the fall meet.
Keeneland began using the wax-coated mixture of sand, fiber and recycled rubber in 2006 and has touted the surface's safety record. But track president Bill Thomason said Wednesday in a release that "the landscape has changed" and is making the change to keep pace with owners' and trainers' preferences for dirt tracks.
Thomason added that the move will also help Keeneland compete to attract Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup contenders along with hosting major racing events. Construction that includes a new drainage system will begin May 19 with completion expected by Aug. 15. The fall meet opens Oct. 3.
Keeneland's spring meet opens on Friday.
Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
MORE HORSE RACING HEADLINES
- New York trainer suspended 45 days, fined $6G
- Take Charge Brandi gets head in front in Starlet
- Castellano guides Merry Meadow to Sugar Swirl win
- Micromanage rallies past Vyjack at Aqueduct